Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tripping the Amazon! - South America's Transformation Trail

Tripping the Amazon (and the Andes) has meant a year on the South American Transformation Trail. And still going strong!


Glorious! I've been river traveling deep Amazon and crawling the peaks of the Andes on a pre-Inca road (one lane) that was partially paved and open 'til the rains of 2017. Taking up residence with Amazon natives to live their rhythm made me one of the family. Ceremonies in Brazil were good for teaching the social (communal) side of ayahuasca and the love that is to be found there. The Shipibo people of the Ucayali River, Peru are a magic matriarchal community. Open, caring and have a special touch.... This year has been full of natives, seekers, shamans, healers and plant experts. My sense of appreciation is limitless. I have shared much, received much and cared much. The story is far, far from over. So much good has come of it all. And there's more to come. And more to share as it happens! Almabrazo!

Watch for soon to be published exploration / exposé; "Ayahuasca - The Amazon Path to Yourself", an in-depth journey that's otherworldly!
photo credit: mick huerta

Monday, May 8, 2017

Celebrating 25 Years of the Best Dry Martini in South America!


The Best Dry Martini in South America? Yes, I can personally attest to the supreme drinkability of the Vienna Martini for 23 of its 25 years! So Smoooth. The Dry Martini there is balanced, the temperature perfect! And as for mental health benefits and restorative properties, if you drink but one (or two) as an aperitif, your meal is sure to be rejuvenating and refreshing and that translates into long-life!

And at Restaurant Vienna, they are so confident in their skills they have created a Martini of their own; the Ancho-tini (pictured above left - the classic above right). Try one and then the other, gin or vodka. The staff bartending abilities will always shine through ensuring your appreciation every sip.

Austrian Owner Paul Stach studied hotelier and cuisine in Canada. It is there he learnt the fine art of the Dry Martini. And he designed and built the restaurant to exacting specification for the satisfaction of his customers. Since opening to the public April 7th 1992, the Vienna has been the epicenter of attentive service in old world comfort. Add The Best Dry Martini in South America and you have an evening that is worth remembering and a memory that will prompt you to return time and again.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mango Garden Cabins at "Sambo - Shipibo Ayahuasca Retreat"



The Mango Garden Cabins at Sambo - Shipibo Ayahuasca Retreat are truly excellent. All with private bath and beds fitted with mosquito nets.

Sambo - Shipibo Ayahuasca Retreat is located just (2km) outside Pucallpa/Yarinacocha in San Jose, Peru. Ask mototaxi driver for Sambo - San Jose

 (S/. 5) - Tel: (51) 961-09-7008 (marckconi@gmail.com). Peaceful cabañas available in a large mango garden (daily/monthly rates), Bath en suite, Free Wi-Fi. Ample garden space for pitching a tent. Parking for RV. Jungle Tours...

As well, authentic Shipibo Ceremonies available with renowned (80 y.o. shaman) Maestra Olivia Arevalo. 
Ayahuasca cooked on the grounds. Helpful family/staff and the ducks are precious! More info and photos at website - http://blueperu.com/contact.htm




Saturday, December 17, 2016

Yoki's Restaurant - Central Market! Lima, Peru!


YOKI's - In the center of Lima, Yoki purveys the very best of classic Peruvian foods. She and her daughters offer quick, delicious plates 6 days a week until 4pm. Try the Catch of the Day, appetizer Papa a la Huancaína, chicken, ceviche, soups or the Huevera crowned with an egg (side salad or rice)! Everything fresh, clean and made with care! And it's all so affordable!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Green Olives Stuffed with Rocoto Pepper from Peru!

New Favourite Olive - instead of pimento these Green Olives are stuffed with hot Rocoto Pepper from Peru. It's a nice balance of agreeable piquancy and the richness of the olive cured in a salty brine.

Next time make mine a Dirty Martini with three of these. I believe, even 007 would approve.
And at US$4 a kilo not even your wallet will complain!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Amazon Basin - Fruit Bowl

In the Amazon Basin, what gave me the biggest thrill was the incredible fruit. Camu camu, Ungarahui, Pitana, Garana, Bacuri and caju; so many I'd never seen or tasted before. Mangoes dropped from the trees! In such quantity, that after the first week of the season the locals didn't really pay attention to them pounding the rooftops or plopping onto the lawn. I saw them all as jewels. Even cutting a papaya for breakfast I did with joy and reverence...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Jungle Honey!


Honey is a sweet food made by bees foraging nectar from flowers. Naturally, honey is named by using the floral source from which it was made. So give bees access to the blossoms of the Amazon Rainforest and the honey reflects the marvels of that environment! The result is Jungle Honey! Jungle Honey is viscous and sweet with a surprising piquancy. Meet Don Omar who collects honey without special gear or netted hat. He sez a few bites are good for the health. I mention, too many and they’re toxic. He nods with a knowing smile...